A Month After Vanishing, San Francisco DJ Found Dead

Radio host Jeffrey Vandergrift was 55
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2023 6:22 PM CST
Updated Mar 24, 2023 12:02 AM CDT
Radio Station Shares 'Incredibly Worrisome' Update on Missing DJ
"Jeffrey Vandergrift was last seen at his residence on the 200 block of King Street in San Francisco on Thursday, February 23, 2023, at approximately 10:00pm," police said.   (San Francisco Police Department)
UPDATE Mar 24, 2023 12:02 AM CDT

The California radio host who went missing last month has been found dead. The body of Jeffrey "JV" Vandergrift, 55, was found Wednesday in the waters of San Francisco Bay near the city's Pier 39, a popular tourist area, KRON4 reports. His cause of death has not yet been determined, but police say they have no evidence of foul play. His wife and the co-host of The JV Show, Natasha Yi, said about a week after his disappearance that personal information indicating her husband would not be found alive had been located. "I tell you this with incredible pain and sadness in my heart," she wrote at the time. "My heart is utterly broken." On the day he disappeared, Vandergrift had spoken on his radio show about his struggle with Lyme disease and the effect it was having on his brain.

Feb 28, 2023 6:22 PM CST

San Francisco Bay Area radio station Wild 94.9 has shared what it calls an "incredibly worrisome" update on morning host Jeffrey Vandergrift, known as JV, who disappeared last week. The station said there has been no trackable activity on Vandergrift's cellphone or credit cards since he was last seen at his home around 10pm Thursday night, NBC Bay Area reports. The San Francisco Police Department said the 54-year-old is considered "at risk." Police described Vandergrift as a "white male, 6’0”, 180 pounds, bald, and brown eyes" and said anybody who sees him should contact 911.

"JV is loved by everyone here at Wild 94.9 and iHeartMedia, and we know he is equally beloved by his Bay Area listening family," the station said in a tweet. "We are asking for your continued prayers for both JV, his wife Natasha, and his entire family. We will continue to share more information as we receive it." The New York Post reports that Vandergrift edited the caption on his most recent Instagram post around the time he disappeared. He changed the caption on the Aug. 20 post about National Radio Day to read: "Thank you for a wonderful life-filed w joy, laughs, pain & struggle. It's been a great journey." (More missing person stories.)

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